60 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

60 days in Costa Rica & Panama Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Bus + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Liberia, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
5
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Playa Samara, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
9
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
10
Boquete, Panama
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
11
Panama City, Panama
— 7 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

6
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Get outdoors at Poas Volcano and Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz. Change things up with these side-trips from San Jose: Tarcoles (Tarcoles Bridge, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more), Teatro Municipal (in Alajuela) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the geological forces at Irazu Volcano National Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and see the interesting displays at Pre-Columbian Gold Museum.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Jose road trip website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to San Jose is an approximately 21- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to San Jose. In March, San Jose is a bit warmer than Tel Aviv - with highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tortuguero.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Tarcoles, Jardins da Cachoeira de La Paz, Poas Volcano, Teatro Municipal, Irazu Volcano National Park
Highlights from your plan
Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
Irazu Volcano National Park ©
Irazu Volcano National Park

1
night
Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero ©
One of Costa Rica's least accessible destinations, Tortuguero sits within an eponymous national park and remains accessible only by plane or boat.
On the 24th (Tue), paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tortuguero National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sea Turtle Conservancy.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tortuguero tour planner.

Getting from San Jose to Tortuguero by combination of bus and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle. In March, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Tortuguero

Parks Nature Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Tortuguero National Park ©
Tortuguero National Park
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sea Turtle Conservancy ©
Sea Turtle Conservancy

7
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Get in touch with nature at Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. Go for a jaunt from La Fortuna de San Carlos to La Virgen to see Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: get impressive views of Arenal Volcano, take in the natural beauty of Ecotermales Fortuna, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bogarin Trail.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read La Fortuna de San Carlos trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Tortuguero to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Liberia.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arenal Volcano, Dave & Dave's Costa Rica Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
La Fortuna Waterfall ©
La Fortuna Waterfall
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs

5
nights
Liberia, Costa Rica

Liberia ©
Tourism in Liberia has been growing since the opening of its airport, with more and more international visitors using the city as a starting point for explorations of the country's northwest.
Visiting Parque Nacional Volcan Rincon de la Vieja and Shark Diving will get you outdoors. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Playa Hermosa and Playas del coco. Explore Liberia's surroundings by going to Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands (in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste) and Rio Negro Hot Springs (in Rincon de La Vieja). The adventure continues: get impressive views of Rincon de La Vieja National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Immaculate Church of Concepcion de Maria, explore the striking landscape of Palo Verde National Park, and browse the exhibits of Costa Rica'n Art Craft.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Liberia road trip site.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Liberia takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to catch the bus to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Liberia

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Province of Guanacaste, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Playa Hermosa, Playas del coco, Shark Diving
Highlights from your plan
Rincon de La Vieja National Park ©
Rincon de La Vieja National Park
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands ©
Hacienda El Viejo Wetlands
Shark Diving

6
nights
Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
You'll get in some beach time at Playa Conchal and Playa Avellana. Get outdoors at Tamarindo Beach and Hacienda Pinilla Golf Club. Take a break from Tamarindo with a short trip to Garra de Leon Golf Course in Playa Conchal, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get your game on at Bolas Locas Mini Golf, and wander the wide-open spaces of Pura Aventura.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tamarindo road trip planning site.

Take a bus from Liberia to Tamarindo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Playa Samara.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Playa Conchal, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Black Stallion Eco Park & Estates
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Conchal ©
Playa Conchal
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach

5
nights
Playa Samara, Costa Rica

Playa Samara ©
A beach town with just enough development to be comfortable for families accustomed to the trappings of modern life, Playa Samara has the resorts you'd expect to find in such a scenic area, but they don't hinder the relaxing atmosphere.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Barrigona Beach and Samara Beach. Get outdoors at Playa Guiones and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Playa Samara's surroundings by going to Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project (in Punta Islita), Nosara (SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, Jungle Mini Golf, Nosara, &more) and Barra Honda National Park (in Nicoya). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the sheer force of Belen Waterfall, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Playa Samara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tamarindo to Playa Samara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Playa Samara

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Nosara, Macaw Recovery Network - Formerly The Ara Project, Barra Honda National Park
Highlights from your plan
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife ©
Nosara Refuge for Wildlife
Barrigona Beach ©
Barrigona Beach
Samara Beach ©
Samara Beach

5
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Take a break from the city and head to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Monteverde Frog Pond. And it doesn't end there: whizz through the canopy at categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_top_local_zipline_courses_and_adventure_parks, explore and take pictures at Ecological Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Monteverde Butterfly Garden (Jardin de Mariposas), and relax in the rural setting at El Trapiche Tour.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Monteverde itinerary maker.

Getting from Playa Samara to Monteverde by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Manuel Antonio.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

6
nights
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio ©
The rainforest meets the sea at Manuel Antonio National Park, a small but scenic natural preserve on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Visiting Playa Manuel Antonio and Zipline will get you outdoors. Visit Parque Nacional Marino Ballena and Playa Biesanz for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store (in Dominical) and Jaco (Mirador de Jaco, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, walk around Parque Nahomi, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Manuel Antonio National Park, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Manuel Antonio trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Drake Bay.

Things to do in Manuel Antonio

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jaco, Quepos, Mama Toucan's Natural and Organic Food Store, Parque Nacional Marino Ballena
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena ©
Parque Nacional Marino Ballena

4
nights
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Drake Bay ©
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Step out of Drake Bay with an excursion to Corcovado National Park in Carate--about 2h 45 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 29th (Wed) at Cano Island.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Drake Bay trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Manuel Antonio to Drake Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Boquete.

Things to do in Drake Bay

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Corcovado National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cano Island ©
Cano Island
Corcovado National Park ©
Corcovado National Park
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Boquete, Panama

Boquete ©
Now known internationally for its fresh mountain air, year-round pleasant temperatures, and large community of North American expats, Boquete has changed rapidly since the start of the century, changing from a humble mountain town, into a humble mountain surrounded by gated communities and estates.
Escape the urban bustle at Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail) and Los Cangilones de Gualaca. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Boquete: Vivero Santamaria (in Dolega) and Volcan (Sitio Barriles Museum & Raquel's Ark). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Baru National Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Boquete trip maker.

Traveling by car from Drake Bay to Boquete takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Drake Bay to Boquete is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Panama City.

Things to do in Boquete

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Volcan, Los Cangilones de Gualaca, Vivero Santamaria
Highlights from your plan
Volcan Baru National Park ©
Volcan Baru National Park
Sendero Los Quetzales (The Quetzales Trail) ©
Los Cangilones de Gualaca ©
Los Cangilones de Gualaca

7
nights
Panama City, Panama

Panama City ©
Arguably the most modern of Central American cities, Panama City boasts a shimmering skyline of glass skyscrapers.
Get in touch with nature at Fishing Charters & Tours and Soberania National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion in Gamboa (about 30 minutes away). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Panama Canal, take in the views from Bridge of the Americas, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida Balboa, and stop by Casco Viejo.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Panama City trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Boquete to Panama City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Panama City are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panama City

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion
Highlights from your plan
Panama Canal ©
Panama Canal
Soberania National Park ©
Soberania National Park
Metropolitan National Park ©
Metropolitan National Park

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